Sunday, January 23, 2011

Pressing Pigments

Yay!! I finally received my empty eyeshadow pans on Friday so yesterday I sat down and pressed my Urban Decay Loose Pigments. Here's the outcome:

Now here's how I did it:
1) Gather your supplies.
  • Your pigments
  • Rubbing Alcohol 91%
  • Pliers
  • Bobby Pin
  • Dropper
  • Empty eyeshadow pans
  • Q-tips
  • Small container to mix in
  • Quarter
  • Clean fabric (to press down the shadow and add texture)
  • Towel or newspaper (to work over since it can get a little messy)
2) Use some rubbing alcohol and Q-tips to sanitize all your supplies.
3) Once you've laid down your towel, use the pliers to pry off the bottom cap of the pigments.  You can try to shake out the pigment from the top but I found it much easier to just pry off the bottom.
4) Using the dropper, add three drops of alcohol into your mixing container and pour in all of your pigment.  I used the included brush to help make sure I got all of the pigment out.
5) Add about 10 more drops of alcohol to the pigment and mix using the bobby pin.  Keep adding 5 drops at a time, stopping to mix thoroughly until you get a smooth icing-like texture.  I found that it took me about 25-45 drops of alcohol to get the right consistency. However, adding all the drops at once caused the pigment to dissolve too quickly and adhere to the mixing container.
6) Add a drop of alcohol into the a sanitized empty pan to help the mixture adhere to it. Using the bobby pin, scoop the mixture into the middle of your pan.  At first the mixture may not look smooth. Tap the pan on a hard flat surface until it evenly distributes into the pan. You'll see the alcohol settle at the top and evaporate as it dries.

7) Set the pan aside to dry, tapping it about every 5 minutes. After about 20 minutes, lightly tap the top of the eyeshadow to check if it is firm.  If it is still wet, don't worry, just tap the pan once more to smooth the pigment and set aside for another 5 minutes.

8) Once your pigments are firm to the touch, you're ready to press them.
 
8) Place your clean fabric over your shadow and press it down firmly for about 10 seconds using the quarter. When you lift off the fabric you should now have a nice pressed shadow with texture.  You can now glue on a magnet and pop it into your eyeshadow palette.

And that's it! It was actually quick to press the pigments.  It took no more than 5 minutes for each shadow plus drying time.

6 comments:

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This is awesome!
Love your blog<3
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Hannah Lebron

jessenia isabel said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks Hannah!

Marcy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love this idea I think I want to press my urban decay pigments now!!

Marcy,
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Adrienne said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

such a good idea :) x

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dl.blogspot said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Coool!!

Evacorpaula said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

can you give an update on how using them pressed is going? like are you able to pick up the color from the pan with a brush? etc.